’Canes in the Community

Sign Up Now for UPS 5K Race to Benefit the United Way

The University of Miami is once again sponsoring the UPS 5K Run to benefit the United Way of Miami-Dade. Be among the first 1,500 to sign up for the run, which will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Coral Gables City Hall on Saturday, September 6, and you’ll get a free t-shirt. Help make greater Miami a more educated, prosperous, and healthy community by registering for the University of Miami team today. To register, fill out the participant information form, then click the “I’m Ready to Pay” tab to pay your fee. The cost is $30.



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Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Inspires Ninth Graders to Find Their Passion

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

At UM's Whitten Learning Center, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen greets one of the more than 130 students participating in Breakthrough Miami College Bound.

At UM’s Whitten Learning Center, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen greets one of the more than 130 students participating in Breakthrough Miami College Bound.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 7, 2014) – A former teacher who once took the advice of a parent and ran for elected office, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen told a group of ninth-grade students on the University of Miami campus Monday that Congress should mirror the racial and ethnic diversity of the nation and urged the youngsters to consider entering the political arena after college to help solve problems. Read the full story

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Come to UHealth’s July 24 Launch Party for the 2014 Miami-Dade Heart Walk

Team UM at the 2013 AHA Miami-Dade Heart Walk

Team UM at the 2013 AHA Miami-Dade Heart Walk

Join Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., senior vice president for medical affairs and dean and CEO of Uhealth for the UHealth launch party for this year’s American Heart Association Miami-Dade Heart Walk at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, at the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center, on the ninth floor of the Clinical Research Building, 1120 N.W. 14 Street.

Join the fun, enjoy refreshments, and enter a raffle to win a Keurig coffeemaker. Create a team, become a captain, and raise money to end heart disease. Together we can make our community healthier.

For more information about the launch party, contact the Office of Marketing at 305-243-3453.  For more information about the walk and to register, please visit www.miamidadeheartwalk.org/.

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Faculty and Staff Support the U: Medical Education Pioneer is a Donor for All Seasons

Dr. Gordon Teaching with Harvey

Dr. Michael S. Gordon, center, revolutionized medical education with Harvey, the first cardiopulmonary patient simulator, who he has introduced to countless students.

Over his long and distinguished career at the University of Miami’s Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, Michael Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., revolutionized medical education around the world. He created Harvey, the world’s first cardiopulmonary patient simulator, and UMedic, an innovative computer- and Web-based program, to train physicians, emergency responders and military personnel to save countless lives.

“Our University has given me every opportunity to apply my ideas to education and supported these innovations,” says Gordon, the founder and director emeritus of the Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education. “I will always be grateful to the U.”

With his wife, Lynda, Gordon provides ongoing financial support to the Gordon Center and raised funds to endow a chair for its director, S. Barry Issenberg, M.D., associate dean for research in medical education and the Michael S. Gordon Professor of Medicine.

A donor for all seasons, Gordon also has funded scholarships for medical students, and contributed to the Richter Library, Frost School of Music, Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, Department of Athletics and other programs.

“My mother, Dorée, was a leading lady on Broadway at age 17 who gave up her career to marry my father, Lee,” Gordon recalls. “By supporting the University’s theater and music programs, we honor her memory. I also love watching the ’Canes play football and bought the best season tickets as soon as I could afford to do so.”

A native of Chicago, Gordon planned to become a research biochemist and earned his doctorate before training with renowned cardiologist, Proctor Harvey, M.D., his mentor and the “godfather” of the patient simulator. Robert Boucek, M.D., the chair of cardiology at the time, invited Gordon to join the UM faculty in 1966, launching his remarkable academic career.

Gordon’s first cardiology patients included several airline pilots who had honed their piloting skills on flight simulators. Recognizing that simulators also could help medical students improve their bedside cardiac examination skills, Gordon built his first version of Harvey in 1968. Today, at the touch of a button, the life-sized mannequin realistically simulates nearly every cardiac disease by varying blood pressure, pulses, heart sounds, murmurs, and breathing.

In the 1980s, Gordon went on to develop a computer-based learning system, now called UMedic, which provides Web-based training for cardiology, neurology, and emergency medicine skills worldwide. Through the Gordon Center, the University also trains thousands of paramedics, Army field surgeons, and other personnel in many advanced life support procedures.

Last year, Gordon received the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s most prestigious health care honor, the AXA Advisors Lifetime Achievement Award.

“By helping those who serve and protect our citizens and our country, we have been able to reduce mortality tremendously,” says Gordon, who stepped down as director in December. “The Miller School of Medicine plays a unique role in medical education, and it is a privilege and pleasure for me to give back to our University.”

Have you made a commitment to support the University of Miami, or know a colleague who has? Share your story or nominate a UM faculty or staff member here, and you will be entered for a chance to win a special gift.



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Become a Marine Biologist for a Day through Rescue-a-Reef Initiative

MIAMI, Fla. (March 12, 2014) — Do you want to help rescue Florida’s coral reefs? Through the new Rescue-a-Reef research program at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, citizens are invited to join scientists underwater to help restore coral reefs.

The citizen science program takes SCUBA divers or snorkelers to coral nursery restoration sites near Miami to conduct nursery maintenance and assist in planting nursery corals at natural reef sites. In addition, participants will have access to an online virtual expedition, which provides in-depth information about the coral nursery and restoration process.

“Instead of just watching our coral reefs decline, we have an opportunity to contribute to their persistence and recovery,” said Diego Lirman, associate professor of marine biology and ecology and lead scientist of the Rescue-a-Reef initiative. “The community can become part of the solution through our Rescue-a-Reef coral reef restoration program.”

The Rescue-a-Reef initiative is a collaboration between the Rosenstiel School Benthic Ecology Lab and the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program. Lirman established the first Rosenstiel School underwater coral nursery in 2007 in Miami-Dade County with two additional nurseries added in 2009 and 2013. Nursery-grown colonies produce a sustainable stock of corals, which can then be transplanted to degraded reefs without the need for continuous collections from wild populations.

The Rescue-a-Reef initiative is modeled after the Shark Citizen Science Program, led by Neil Hammerschlag, a Rosenstiel School research assistant professor. Citizen Science is an opportunity for non-professional scientists to be involved in scientific inquiry through proactive participation with scientists working on real-time problems relating to their research. Participation involves scientifically sound practices and measurable outcomes.

“The program provides a unique opportunity for someone to be a marine biologist for a day to assist with research that supports the health of our coral reefs,” said Hammerschlag, director of the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program.

Coral reefs provide critical habitat to a countless number of plants and animals and are under threat by climate change, destructive fishing techniques, pollution, disease, and coral bleaching.

For more information on the Rescue-a-Reef initiative, visit: rjd.miami.edu/research/projects/coral-restoration. To join a trip, email RJD.Participate@gmail.com

For those who want to help coral reefs, but prefer to stay dry, donations can be made to support the coral nurseries as well as reef outplanting and maintenance. Donations can be made online at www.Rescueareef.com or by contacting Caroline Hammerschlag at 305-421-4207.

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